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What I Learned at Bandcamp: Craig Greenberg

Craig Greenberg, interview, Bandcamp

Craig Greenberg is a singer-songwriter native to New York and based in Brooklyn. From 2002 to 2004, Greenberg made a name for himself playing his “troubadour piano man” style of music on the streets of Chile and Spain. He released his debut EP, The World and Back, in 2007 and followed that with 2010’s Spinning In Time.

In May 2015, Greenberg released The Grand Loss & Legacy, his “most personal and edgy work to date.” The album is available to stream on Bandcamp.

Below, read The Spec‘s interview with Craig Greenberg and listen to tracks from the new album…

Tell us a little about yourself…
I write and perform mainly on piano, but my first instrument is guitar.

How long have you been making music?
I’ve been a “professional musician” for about 12 years, but I’ve been making music to some capacity since age 8, when I started playing violin in the school orchestra.

Who/what are your influences?
Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Paul Simon, Genesis, Billy Joel, Ben Folds, Stevie Wonder, Peter Gabriel, Phish, Rush, Sting, Randy Newman, Elvis Costello.

What is your favorite song you’ve released and why?
Probably “Death on the Liberty Line” off the new album – it’s my first released song with a political statement, and well, it just rocks!

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
Touring to promote the new album, hopefully in Europe in the near future. And writing new songs!!

If you could no longer be a musician, what would you be or do for a living?
I’d be a psychologist.

What musicians or bands do you look up to?
Beatles, Billy Joel, Ben Folds, Randy Newman, Rush, Queen.

Why do you make music?
Gotta fill the time somehow… 😉 But seriously, I know nothing more magical in this world than music and the process of creation. I feel like I was given a special gift and it’s my duty to put it towards making a world a little bit of a better place.

Anything else you’d like readers to know that we haven’t asked you about?
Hmmm… I got my start performing while living abroad for almost three years in Chile and Spain. Also, I’m left handed, and I can juggle… really, ask me sometime!

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